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Goldsmith Prepares for Salisbury State, Then VMI
The men's lacrosse team
faced a major challenge on
Saturday when they hosted
State. The Quakers, 5-4
heading into Saturday's
game, host Virginia Mili
tary this Wednesday and
Virginia Wesleyan on Sat
Head coach Mark Gold
smith has focused most of
his energy in developing a
game plan to be competitive
against Salisbury State.
"It is a very tough game
for us," said Goldsmith.
"We have only two days to
work on our game plan [fol
lowing last Wednesday's
18-8 victory against Greens
boro College.] Our game
plan tends to go against what
we like to do.
"Salisbury likes to play
the way we do, but they do it better,"
Goldsmith said. "We have to change and
show them something different."
Greensboro's "Crash" Davis to Visit Campus Tuesday
Greensboro resident Lawrence Davis
received a startling phone call in October
of 1987. The voice on the other end of the
line said, "You'd better sit down."
It wasn't bad news, though. Somebody
wanted to use Davis' name in a movie to be
released the following summer. But
"Lawrence" wasn't in demand. It was his
nickname. Once Davis signed a release,
Kevin Costner was allowed to assume the
role of "Crash" Davis in "Bull Durham,"
the 1988 film about minor league baseball.
When Davis went to Durham to sign the
release, the movie's writer-director, Ron
Shelton, told the ex-baseball player why
his name was chosen for the motion pic
"He said he was looking through some
Durham Bull records and ran across the
name 'Crash Davis,'" Davis said. "He
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Two men's lacrosse players battle for a loose ball during practice. The ball successfully
escaped/photo by Joan Malloch
Goldsmith is reluctant to turn his atten
tion to VMI, saying that the Salisbury
game is his first priority.
thought it was a good baseball name."
What was he paid for the use of his
"I told them I didn't want any pay,"
Davis said. "I told them I would settle for
four tickets to the premiere."
Davis grew up in Gastonia, an avid
baseball town. He played high school ball
and American Legion baseball there in the
mid-19305, winning a world champion
ship in Legion ball in 1935.
After high school, Davis went to Duke
Bull Durham Live
Meet the REAL "Crash" Davis
Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30
in the Founders Gallery
Sponsored by the Sport
"I'm thinking mostly of the Salisbury
game," he said. "But VMI beat us for the
first time last year and they have the whole
University, where he was team captain on
the baseball one year.
Upon graduation from Duke, the Phila
delphia Athletics signed Davis, and he
played under legendary manager Connie
Mack from 1940-42.
Though Costner was a catcher in the
movie, the real "Crash" was a second
baseman —a good one, too. Davis made
the Carolina League record books for hit
ting 52 doubles in one year and another
time he set a mark for most put-outs by a
THE GUILFORDIAN April 8; 1991
team back. The school is
putting more money into the
lacrosse program in order to
compete with the other mili
tary schools like Army and
Navy. It should be a tough
When speaking about
the Virginia Wesleyan game,
Goldsmith says that this is a
game that they can win.
"On paper, we should
beat them," said Goldsmith.
"But they average 13 goals a
game and our defense is not
our strongest suit."
Overall, Goldsmith is
pleased with the progression
of the team.
"We are about three
games better than I expected,"
he said. "Our inexperience
shows at points but for the
most part the subs have
played better than I expected
them to play. We need this
style of play this year and
will need it by the same play-
ers next year.
"I am happy with the way we are play
ing," he concluded.
"I wasn't what you would call a star,"
Davis said. "I wasn'tlikeßobFellerorJoe
DiMaggio. But I played against them."
Still, Davis is proud of having played in
the American League. And you can hear
his stories next Tuesday.
Davis will be appearing in Guilford's
Founders Hall Gallery on Tuesday, April
16, for "Bull Durham Live," an event
sponsored by the sport studies department